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American visitor figures alone are up 81% in the last nine years and with a new SAS flight route from Miami to Copenhagen having opened last September, Copenhagen is hot property – and its hotel scene is developing fast to meet demand…

With a new Instagram photo of the colourful houses of Copenhagen’s photogenic Nyhavn popping up seemingly, every, oh, two minutes, it’s pretty evident that the world’s obsession with the idyllic Danish capital shows no sign of abating. Copenhagen’s (relatively small hotel scene) is having to work hard to keep up with the demand, particularly when Airbnb, with its stylish apartments, is swooping in and meeting the need for many extra guests. Finally, several of the top hotels have realised that they’re missing a trick and some exciting  new projects are in the works.

Hotel Danmark

First up and opening this April is Hotel Danmark, part of Brøchner Hotels and the sister property to the super trendy SP34, which is all mid-century and modern Danish furnishings, exposed lightbulbs and a very lively atmosphere (particularly when a free glass of wine is offered at happy hour). Hotel Danmark is set to be just as cool, with its own ‘urban vineyard garden’ (yes, we’re intrigued too…), a rooftop terrace and a location just 127 steps from the Tivoli Gardens.

Sanders Hotel

Another one for stylish Danophiles is the new Sanders Hotel, opening July 2017 next to the Royal Opera Danish Theatre, by none other than Danish ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin. London-based studio Lind + Almond are behind the interiors and uniform brand OLDER will tailor the uniforms to individual staff members.

Steel House

For stays that fall on the more budget end of the scale, Arp-Hansen Hotel Group will be opening trendy New York-style hostel Steel House in summer 2017, complete with a gym and pool in Copenhagen’s most hipster area of Vesterbro. As its name suggests, there’ll be plenty of ‘industrial chic’ and ‘raw elements’ in its design, plus a sizeable 253 bedrooms.

Talking of hipsters, a brand new Scandic Hotel will be opening in the meatpacking district in early 2018 and Charlottehaven is getting a new 37-room ‘green tower’ in a five-floor townhouse. Also opening in 2018, it’ll be entirely self-sufficient for heating, cooling and consumption.

Finally, the beautiful Moorish-inspired palace Nimb Hotel is having a bit of a renovation. Just when we thought the brilliant, super luxurious central hotel couldn’t get any better (after all, it’s got huge freestanding tubs, Aesop products, an open fire and basket of birch wood in each room), it’s adding 21 new suites, a roof terrace and Copenhagen’s first outdoor heated pool. We can’t wait to dive in.


Sara D'Souza
Sara d'Souza is a travel content strategist on the MSN specials team, contributing editor to the Travel Edit and travel writer for ELLE,, Red Online, Sunday Times Travel, MSN Travel and Upward Curve inflight magazine, Visit London, Jetsetter and Virgin.

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